The path to Industry 4.0
TRUMPF expands its development headquarters for solid-state lasers in Schramberg to include a new R&D centre, thus adding 6,200 square metres of floor space to the company site.
For their entry "Production with light flashes – ultrashort pulse lasers for industrial mass production", researchers from TRUMPF, Bosch and the University of Jena are awarded the prestigious German Future Prize from the German Federal President. Former President Joachim Gauck presented the award to the winning team personally.
TRUMPF enters into a close collaboration with the Chinese machine tool manufacturer Jiangsu Jinfangyuan CNC Machine Company Ltd. (JFY). TRUMPF acquires a majority share of the Chinese company of around 72 percent.
TRUMPF establishes its own bank for the flexible financing of TRUMPF products for customers worldwide. At the start of 2015, TRUMPF Bank enters into the investment business and offers its German employees savings and fixed deposit accounts, which are managed via online banking.
The medical technology branch is taken over by the U.S. medical technology manufacturer Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.
With EHT, TRUMPF takes over one of the oldest companies in Germany. EHT Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH in Teningen, Breisgau, was founded in 1771 as Eisen- und Hammerwerke Teningen (EHT) and produces die folding machines and guillotine shears.
AXOOM, the newly established IT service provider for manufacturing companies, serves the entire value chain – independently of manufacturers. With its modular solutions, AXOOM enables production companies to develop towards Industry 4.0, step by step and at their own pace.
At the Formnext trade show, the company presents its new machines for the 3D printing of metal parts. The technology behind the new 3D printers is also known as additive manufacturing.
With the new work alliance, TRUMPF responds to the challenges of the future such as dynamic brand development, digital change and the need for more individuality. The aim is to make it possible to reconcile home and work life. The work alliance focuses on mobile working, an agile time system, a qualification initiative and arrangements for age-appropriate working.
TRUMPF has reorganised its Group Management, with the changes taking effect from 1 July 2017. Heinz-Jürgen Prokop and Christian Schmitz became members of the most important management body of the company. Gerhard Rübling retired from his position as Labour Director. Prokop became CEO for Machine Tools (CEO MT). Schmitz took over the responsibility for Laser Technology as CEO for Laser Technology (CEO LT). Peter Leibinger became Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Mathias Kammüller became Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of the company. Lars Grünert remains responsible for company finances as Chief Financial Officer. In addition to her role as President and Chairwoman of the Managing Board, Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller became the new Labour Director.
In September 2017, TRUMPF opened the Smart Factory in Chicago. The technology centre for Industry 4.0 solutions has been completely planned with digitally-networked production processes. The focus is on consultation and training of customers when introducing digitally-networked production solutions. The new Smart Factory represents an important milestone in further establishing the market in the USA in a sustainable manner.